Al Conkle
President, Al Conkle’s Fire Tech Support
EVT Training Course
Al Conkle provides custom training programs on all EVT subject matters as well as Allison Transmission and Detroit Diesel Engine classes. As the previous Ohio Fire Academy Trainer and the Manager of Technical Training at W.W. Williams Al brings his nationally recognized EVT training to the APFPA conference here in Little Rock.



T.J. Tennent
Engineering Manager, Bridgestone-Firestone
Tire Technology
T.J. was the formal Project Manager of Bridgestone Motorsports/Firestone Racing and the Bridgestone Motorcycle Racing Program. He has also The Board Chair on the Tire and Rim Association, motorcycle subcommittee. He is a member of the Motorcycle Industry Counsel, the State Motorcycle Safety Association and is a Certified Safety Coach Trainer. TJ has also served as Board Chair for the Society of Automotive Engineers and presently serves on the Lipscomb University Engineering Board of Advisors.



William A. (Bill) Davis
Director, Emeritus
The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3's of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Mr. Davis was the Director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) and now serves as the Director Emeritus. Mr. Davis has been selected to speak at numerous alternative fuels and advanced technology conferences including the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Conference, Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo, Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, and as keynote speaker at the Ford/AAA Student Automotive banquets for the states of Ohio and West Virginia. And he never passes up the opportunity to have impromptu training/awareness sessions on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.



David Baxter
Health & Safety Coordinator, Arkansas Municipal League
Respect & Understanding Training
David Baxter is the Health and Safety Coordinator and specialized facilitator for the Arkansas Municipal League. He provides training for Arkansas cities and towns in the areas of police defensive driving, standard defensive driving, respect and understanding, health and wellness topics, and workplace violence prevention.

David is a native Arkansan who grew up in Brinkley, AR. He was an Arkansas municipal police officer for the cities of Clarendon, Fordyce, and North Little Rock. During his time as a municipal police officer, he worked as a patrolman, SWAT team member, field training officer, firearms and physical fitness trainer, policy writer, and a community focused officer through various department programs.



Tina Seawood Gilbert
Founder & President, Next Level Training Solutions Group, LLC
Team Building Challenge Activity
Tina has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of training and organizational development, leadership, and customer service. Her consulting company has worked with local, state government agencies, corporate entities, and faith-based and community groups.

She has worked professionally for nonprofit organizations and corporate and government agencies, including one company on the list of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. She has an extensive background, as well as several certifications, in the adult learning process. Tina has also worked as an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell team and is a certified facilitator with Franklin Covey, Development Dimensions International, Achieve Global, and certified as a facilitator from Weber National Guard Professional Education Center.



Robert Gordon
Deputy Director, Fleet Management Department for DeKalb County Georgia
Fleet Challenges & Technicians of the Future
He has been married to his lovely wife Sherri for 30 years. They have two sons Chris 26 years old and Casey 22 years old. He has 30 years of professional work experience in the Fleet Management industry with 16 years of government fleet experience and 14 years of experience with truck leasing organizations. Mr. Gordon has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Mr. Gordon has earned a Certificate of Public Works Management and an Advanced Certificate of Public Works Management through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. He graduated from DeKalb’s bright futures emerging executive leaders program. He is on the board of directors for Clean Cities Georgia. He serves on advisory committees at Warren Tech, Southern Crescent Tech, Whitfield County Career Academy, and Atlanta Metropolitan College. He is also an active member in the many organizations including 100 Best Fleet, Green Fleet, Georgia Motor Trucking Association, American Public Works Association, Georgia Municipal Association, Clean Cities Georgia, Southeast Diesel Collaborative, Clean Cities Georgia, and Southeast Governmental Fleet Managers Association.



Tom C. Johnson
Author, 100 Best Fleets
What Are Your Challenges & Solutions?
Tom was employed by the largest fleet management company in the world for 17 years. His job is to analyze fleets……3500 of them in the past 30 years. His first book on teambuilding has sold over 25,000 copies and was customized by Sears-Roebuck for their Corporate University.

His second book is on the 7 Qualities of the 100 Best Fleets in North America. Tom started the Government Fleet Manager of the Year and the 100 Best Fleets in North America awards in addition to the Government Green Fleet award.

He facilitates fleet roundtable discussions monthly around the country to find solutions to common problems. His articles on best business practices are seen monthly in different Fleet publications.

Tom is a sought after fleet presenter, recently key noting an International Fleet Conference in Brazil that was streamed to the entire country. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Hildeliza. He has degrees from the University of Iowa and Florida International.



Cotter Collins
Key Accounts Sales Manager, Standard Motor Products
Automotive HVAC Tips and Techniques

Cotter has been in the automotive aftermarket industry for four years.  Covering the Midwest and the Mid-South for Standard Motor products and Four Seasons, Cotter has gained extensive knowledge in automotive air-conditioning diagnosis and repair.  Cotter completed a hands-on air conditioning course, as well as, various classroom based A/C classes.  Throughout his career with SMP, Cotter has conducted over 40 Automotive HVAC clinics to students, instructors, and auto technicians.



Leonard N. Dean
Assistant Chief of Operations, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Strategizing to Procure Capital for New Equipment Purchases

Dean has experience in AGFC Fisheries Biologist in the Hatchery and Net pen system, as well as heavy equipment repair, fabrication and construction. He has also served in roles as a Fleet Manager and Procurement Coordinator.

Dean retired from USMCR and served 25 years in the military, CWO4, as an Infantry Officer, Ordinance Officer, and was given the title as a Distinguished Shooter.  He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology.



Larry LeDoux
Territory Sales Manager,
Standard Motor Products

Troubleshooting Parasitic Draws

Larry’s work experience is as follows; 14 Months Training Experience U.S. Army Signal School Ft. Gordon, GA., 3 years with Eaton Corporation in the aftermarket division selling engine, chassis and water pumps, 16 Years Sales   Experience with Standard Motor Products, 19 years as a PTS Instructor at Standard Motor Products, Years Auto Parts Store Owner - Beaumont, TX., ASE Master Certified / L1 Certified.  Larry believes fulfillment in the job as technical trainer is seeing instructional material in use in shop atmosphere. The imparting of knowledge is the most enjoyable part of the job.  The technical material required to diagnose and repair today's automobiles is so diversified that the shop technician is overwhelmed by the skills required.  Standard Motor Products invests tremendous sums of money to educate their instructors to enable the transfer of this material to the shop technician.  He has a BBA Management, Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.



Jeremy Irvin
Allison Sales & Marketing, United Engines, LLC 

Allison Transmission 101

Jeremy is the Allison area Sales and Marketing Manager/Dealer. He grew up in Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University.  Jeremy has lived in Oklahoma City for the last eleven years and has worked directly for United Engines over the last 3 years in this role for Allison Transmissions. His territory is Arkansas and North half of Louisiana.  He is certified in the Allison 1000-4000 series Maintenance and Overhaul product line.



Victor Galarza
Product Specialist, Federal Mogul

Steering, Suspension and Alignments

Victor has been a technician for over 20 years and has been in the retail parts business for about 5 years. Aside from working for Federal Mogul, he also restore cars out of his garage.